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Faced With Drought, the Pharaohs Tried (and Failed) to Adapt

<i>Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can</i> <i>sign up here</i> <i>to receive</i> <b>Climate Fwd:</b><i>, our email newsletter.</i><p>More than 3,000 years ago the queen of the Hittites, who lived in what is now Turkey, sent a clay tablet to Ramses II, the Egyptian pharaoh, with an S O S: “I have no grain in my …

Military Quietly Prepares for a Last Resort: War With North Korea

WASHINGTON — Across the military, officers and troops are quietly preparing for a war they hope will not come.<p>At Fort Bragg in North Carolina last month, a mix of 48 Apache gunships and Chinook cargo helicopters took off in an exercise that practiced moving troops and equipment under live artillery …

North Korea

This Evangelical Leader Denounced Trump. Then the Death Threats Started.

Jen Hatmaker is one of the most popular religious figures in America—and she is paying a steep price for speaking out for what she believes.<p>Last fall, Jen Hatmaker, a popular evangelical author and speaker, started getting death threats. Readers mailed back her books to her home address, but not …

Faith

Carl Sagan Quotes That Reveal His Thoughts on Religion

What the famous skeptic had to say about God<p>An astronomer, activist, and novelist, Carl Sagan didn't hesitate to share his views on the world, …

10 Daily Habits That Will Radically Improve Your Life

Practical daily things to bring real positive change in your life.<p>Platitudes won't help you. I know, I've tried to implement them all. They're frustrating.<p>Go for it! Live for today! Stay motivated!<p>No kidding.<p>I'm more interested in how we can radically improve our lives. How can we stay truly …

The myth of America's invincible military

Today, with the long benefit of hindsight, France's stunning collapse in the face of Nazi invasion looks almost unsurprising. But at the time, it …

Practicing mindfulness does a lot more than simply calm you down

“Remember then: there is only one time that is important—Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.”<p>This quote is from Leo Tolstoy’s <i>What Men Live By, and Other Tales</i>, and it serves as a fitting prompt for us all to direct our attention to what is actually …

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Workouts Are The New Way To Work Your Body And Brain

<i>This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of SELF.</i><p>Here are some of the things to love about sweat-drenched, heart-pumping fitness …

Mindfulness

The Empire Is Us: The Politics of ‘Rogue One’

Warning: Spoilers ahead.<p>What happens when we become the empire?<p>In an early scene of <i>Rogue One</i>, the new Star Wars spinoff, we follow the protagonists Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor to the desert moon of Jedha. Walking through the streets, looking for a contact, Cassian perceptively comments, “This town …

Star Wars

We're there! Renewables now cheapest unsubsidized electricity in U.S.

Over the past few years, the cost of electricity generation from renewable-energy sources has decreased dramatically.<p>So much so, that renewable …

Renewable Energy

They Have Faith Their Church Will Change

They are often pro-gay, vote Democrat, and are pro-choice, but their churches aren’t. Can they convince their brethren to change?<p>They're young, …

Neil deGrasse Tyson's 6 favorite books

I have aspired to write a book as influential to others as this book was to me. I read it in ninth grade, and it did what Gamow, a nuclear physicist, …

5 Plants That Can Help Purify Indoor Air, According to Science

<i>This article originally appeared on Health.com.</i><p>Want to clear the air in your home or workplace? Get some greens, says research presented today at the …

Healthy houseplants

Here are 12 houseplants that can improve air indoors.

Plants

Buying an iPhone 7? Check these noise-canceling Lightning earbuds out

If you’re anticipating the loss of an audio jack on the iPhone 7, you’re probably in the market for Lightning-equipped earbuds. If you can wait until early next year, this Indiegogo campaign might have the best ones around.<p>Thunder (<i>get it</i>? Thunder and Lightning?) promises to bring everything from …

IPhone 7

This is how the US military would put down an armed rebellion

In a 2012 article for the Small Wars Journal , two academics took a stab at such a scenario and tried to figure out how state and federal authorities would likely respond to a small force taking over an American town.<p>In their paper, retired Army colonel and University of Foreign Military and …

Military

Glacier National Park has spectacularly beautiful unspoilt nature

Do you know what National Park has the mountain goat as its official symbol? Here are some clues:<p>The park has over one million acres within its …

Abraham Lincoln Predicted Brexit and Trump's Rise. Hillary Should Pay Attention

On August the 21st, 1858 Abraham Lincoln said:<p>Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions.<p>Donald Trump and pro-Brexit politicians …

United Kingdom

The Biblical Laws Bleeding Your Schools

Fanatical does not even begin to describe the zeal with which the Fraternal Order of Eagles puts Ten Commandment monuments on public property—and …

'Stockbroker's Bible' Just Told Oil Industry To Accept Its Demise

Coming from the Financial Times, that's a sobering wake-up call.<p>The editorial board of the Financial Times isn't exactly stacked with bleeding-hearted environmentalists. Just a month ago, the British paper defended ExxonMobil's right to question climate change amid legal probes into whether the oil …

Fossil Fuels

Rogue Justice review: Bush, 9/11 and the assault on American liberty

Karen Greenberg’s new book explores the decade after the cataclysm of 9/11 and how the US came ‘perilously close’ to ‘losing the protections of the Bill of Rights’<p>War poses special threats to democracy, but the most pernicious challenges often come from within. History reveals that nothing has more …

10 Rare Insights Every Anxious Person Should Know

Why anxious people are agreeable, the supplement that reduces anxiety, dangers of anxiety drugs, the benefits of optimistic thinking and more...• Try …

Drugs

Kentucky creationists are building a Noah’s Ark theme park to rival Universal Studios | The Star

WILLIAMSTOWN, KY.—A shallow sea once covered this state. On that point, the advocates of evolution and the defenders of creationism agree.<p>A geologist …

Survival Solar E Panels

Keep in direct sunlight<p>Survival Solar E Panels<p>Choose 12 or 18 Watt<p>Charge your devices with power from the sun<p>Auto restart eliminates delays caused by …

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

As the world celebrates Darwin Day, much of humanity refuses to accept evolution.<p>Creationists pretend that their argument is with science. Their posts are littered with gems of motivated reasoning such as this: "If natural selection were true, Eskimos would have fur to keep warm, but they …

Philosophy

How the Origin of the KhoiSan Tells Us That 'Race' Has No Place in Human Ancestry

Tim Crowe, <i>University of Cape Town</i><p>The ancient origins, anatomical, linguistic and genetic distinctiveness of southern African San and Khoikhoi people are matters of confusion and debate. They are variously described as the world's first or oldest people; Africa's first or oldest people, or the first …

Anthropology

Spin Shift on Bernie: The Escalating Media Assault

For a long time, as he campaigned for president, a wide spectrum of establishment media insisted that Bernie Sanders couldn't win. Now they're sounding the alarm that he might.<p>And, just in case you haven't gotten the media message yet -- Sanders is "angry," kind of like Donald Trump.<p>Elite media …